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The Clarke Papers. Selections from the Papers of William Clarke, Secretary to the Council of the Army, 1647-1649, and to General Monck and the Commanders of the Army in Scotland, 1651-1660, ed. C.H. Firth (London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1901). 4 vols.
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xxxi. f. 98b.Thursday last2 the Councill of officers ordered that love and union bee preserved in the army; that such as have disobeyed the Lord Fleetwood’s orders be tryed by a Court Martiall and disbanded; that such as have been displac’t by the late Lord Protector be restored as opportunity serves; that the Lord Fleetwood shall have power to restore to places till further order;1 that letters bee written to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Generall Monck, and all the militia forces for a fair corresponding. Yesterday Major Babington was secured for refusing to appeare upon the summons of a Court Martiall.2 This day some eminent Members of the Long Parliament were consulted with by severall officers (according to order) concerning the calling of the Long Parliament.3 A letter was agreed upon, and ordered to be sent to every regiment to give them satisfaction in their proceedings.
xxxi. f. 103.The government seemes now to bee naturally falling into a Commonwealth and free State, and the generall cry of the people is for the Longe Parliament to take possession againe, and this appeares to bee the sence of the officers of the army now continuing, and all others out of the army that have bin of the Longe Parliament partie, and I conceive that may bee the result att last, though as yett nothing is brought forth. Westminster Hall is filled with papers to this purpose; every day new sheetes come out. If those in Scotland and Ireland approve and acquiesce in this turne there will bee noe great feare of danger from the common enemy, though difficulties seemes to bee very great.4
[2 ]April 28.
[1 ]For a summary of the changes see Baker’s Chronicle, continued by Phillips, ed. 1670, p. 659; Ludlow’s Memoirs, ii. 71, ed. 1894.
[2 ]Major of Colonel Ingoldsby’s regiment; cf. Ludlow’s Memoirs, ii. 62.
[3 ]An account of these interviews is given by Ludlow, ii. 74. In assigning to the first of them, in the margin of my edition of Ludlow, the date of April 29, I believe I was in error. It is probable that this interview of May 2 was the first.
[4 ]A letter from Monck to Thurloe, dated May 3, is printed in the Thurloe Papers, vii. 667. It is an answer to one from Thurloe of April 26, informing him of the dissolution. Monck says simply, ‘I am very glad that, after so great an alteration, you continue in peace.’ He does not appear to have realised as yet that the dissolution meant the fall of the Protectorate.